Fay Merlea Brunson Green Pons went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior, Dec.22, 2022. She was a resident of Lockesburg, Ark., however she was being cared for in her last weeks at her daughter’s home in Texarkana, Texas. Fay Brunson was born June 13, 1926, in the community of Cottonwood, near Glen Rose, in Sommervell County, Texas. She was Texas proud and strong and didn’t let anyone forget it! Her parents were Perry M. Brunson and Iva Geoa Green Brunson, both deceased. Iva passed away during childbirth when Fay was only 10 years of age. Fay once wrote, “My ambition was to be a good wife and ‘Be There’ mom because after Momma died the saddest part of my life was coming home from school and Momma wasn’t there.” Fay gave birth to four children: Albert L Green (deceased), Susan G Green, Vivian F. Green, and Kimberly G. Green. She was indeed a ‘Be There Mom!’
Fay also loved her siblings, Marvin E. Brunson, Hazel G. Brunson Holden, Bonnie J. Brunson Ford, and Mattie L. Brunson Green. Mattie is the last remaining sibling. While they were often separated, she wrote letters, made phone calls, and visited with them as much as possible. Vacations were centered around family reunions.
Fay was married to her first love, Alva Junior Green ( Albert or AJ) on September 28th 1945, in Aransas Pass, Texas, a few days before Albert returned to active duty as a Medic in WWll. On Dec. 22, 1982, Albert passed away. Fay passed away exactly 40 years later. Her second love and husband was Frank J. Pons (deceased March 13, 1994). Fay faithfully and lovingly fulfilled her ambition of being a good wife to both of these outstanding Christian men. She was very proud of their service to our country during WWll, just as she was of her son’s, Albert L. Green ( deceased) service during Vietnam.
Fay loved the Lord and his church and worshipped faithfully as a member of the Church of Christ. Sunday worship was the highlight of her week and great care was taken to be prepared for the Lord’s Day. She daily searched her Bible seeking to know God’s will and plan and to ensure Heaven would be her home and the home of those she loved. There isn’t a way to measure the profound impact her example had on others, from her young Bible class students to all who knew her. She left an example of always coming from a point of love even if holding a different view. She often said that she believed that most people are doing the best that they can. Fay was non-judgmental, forgiving, and merciful, believing that God is our final judge and knowing that if we expect to be forgiven, we must first forgive others. This was her legacy.
Loved ones left to carry her legacy are daughters and sons by love: Susan (Larry) Lewis, Vivian (Dudley) Slaton, Kimberly (Robert) (deceased) Runnels; Grandchildren, sons of Albert are Anthony (Charlene) Green, Robert Green and Albert Kelly Green (deceased), children of Susan and Larry are Leslie (Beau) Lewis, Colter (Elizabeth) Lewis, April Leslie, children of Vivian and Dudley are Lisa (Mike) Coulter, Dudley Ray (Gena) Slaton, Carrie (Ben) Slaton-Ball. Children of Kimberly and Robert Runnels are Tracy ( Rachell) Runnels, Steven ( Mary) Runnels. Great-Grandchildren are Marquess Taylor, Aaron Green, Kayley Green, Ryan (Carlee) Lewis, Nathan Lewis, Natalie Lewis, Joshua (Kaylee) Leslie, Joey Leslie, Aidan Lelie, Kate Slaton-Bunner, Jacob ( Sarah) Slaton, Lindsay ( Heath) Meador, Kinlee Runnels, Madison Runnels, Trevor Runnels. Great-Great-Grandchildren are Case Slaton and Waylon Lewis with 3 more coming soon. Others; many beloved nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in Christ, bonus children, Cheryl and Jon, and special friend Frankie “Sally” Slaton.
A visitation was held at Nashville Funeral Home, in Nashville on Dec. 23, 2022, with graveside services on Dec. 28, 2022, at Aransas Memorial Park, Rockport, Texas.